A Load of “Hooey” is Coming Out Against Prop 89: I Say “Get the Money Changers Out of the Temple”
Just got a press release on Prop 89, the Clean Money
initiative placed on the ballot by signatures gathered by
the California Nurses Association and supported by the
major reform and good government groups in the state.
Before I share that release with you in its entirety [it
deserves to be seen in the light of day]
Iâ€™ll give you my reaction to it,
The folks listed in this release are not diverse. They all
have tons of money and are used to buying elections in this
state and want to keep things the way they are. They defend
the current corrupt system and have not done anything to
reform it. They will stop at nothing to defeat any real
reforms, and they will say anything to defeat this ballot
Where have they been? AB 583 by Loni Hancock has been
around for the good part of two years. If these folks truly
wanted campaign finance reform they would have made
constructive suggestions and tried to help it pass through
the legislative gauntlet. Instead, the opponents of Prop 89
let it die in the Senate Elections Committee.
They say Prop 89 is poorly drafted. What have they done to
propose an alternative? Prop 89 is largely based upon AB
583, which was scrutinized by a number of policy
committees, passed the Assembly, and was amended a number
of times. Much of the language of Prop 89 has been vetted.
The California Labor Federation voted last week to make no
recommendation on Prop 89. Labor is officially neutral on
Finally, this carefully drafted measure is constitutional
according to a well reasoned analysis we published.
Itâ€™s easy to throw stones. What are
your solutions? Here is the release just received: